Open Call – Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation: 2021 EPiQS Flexible Funding

Mar 29, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Click on the links be below for more information.

Funder: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Opportunity: 2021 EPiQS Flexible Funding
Deadline:  April 25, 2021


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the second annual call for ideas for flexible funding grants, as part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS).

Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials — solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons. The goal of flexible funding grants is to drive scientific innovation by enhancing experimental capabilities and supporting projects with significant potential to create breakthroughs in the field of quantum materials. These grants have two varieties: equipment grants and rapid response grants.

  • Equipment grants support the development of sophisticated and one-of-a-kind instrumentation at institutions with active research programs in quantum materials.
  • Rapid response grants support projects that are timely and have a very high potential impact. These projects may include experimental tests of novel important theoretical concepts and innovative, unconventional research endeavors that are unlikely to be supported through traditional funding channels due to their high-risk nature.

Award Amount & Terms

  • Most of grants will be in the range between $300k and $1.5M.
  • The indirect cost rate may not exceed 12.5 percent of the direct costs of the project
  • Budgets, cover letters, or official institutional endorsements are not required at this time


Any scientist with a permanent appointment at a university or another research institution is eligible to submit their project idea. This includes tenured, tenure-track, and research faculty, as well as research staff members at US national laboratories, other government-funded research laboratories, and independent research institutes.

Special Requirements

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly contact your OSP officer to comply with process requirements and submission schedules.

Full proposal internal deadlines:

For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: March 25, 2021

The Office Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

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